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Tijdschrift voor Psychiatrie 56 (2014) 1, 54 - 57

Case report

Body integrity identity disorder, relief after amputation

R.M. Blom, A.W. Braam, N. de Boer-Kreeft, M.P.A.M. Sonnen

Body integrity identity disorder (biid) is a rare condition in which a person, for no apparent physical reason, is tormented by the experience that a body-part, such as a limb, does not really belong to the body. Patients experience an intense desire for the limb to be amputated (a ‘desire’ formerly referred to as ‘apotemnophilia’). We report on a 58-year-old male patient with biid who froze one of his legs so that he could amputate it himself. A surgeon ultimately intervened and amputated the leg professionally. The patient was extremely relieved and was still experiencing relief at a follow-up three years later.

keywords apotemnophilia, body integrity identity disorder, biid, xenomelia